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Drawing - Studies of a common thistle
  • Studies of a common thistle
    Parsons, Beatrice, born 1870 - died 1955
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Studies of a common thistle

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1899 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Parsons, Beatrice, born 1870 - died 1955 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Katherine Guerrier, great niece of the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case PD, shelf 331

Beatrice Emma Parsons was trained as a painter at the Royal Academy Schools, and from 1889 exhibited at the R.A. summer exhibitions. Her early pictures, such as `The Annunciation' (for which May Morris, daughter of William Morris, posed as the Virgin Mary) were often of religious subjects, but she is best known today as a watercolour painter, mainly of flowers and gardens. Beatrice was also part of the William Morris circle and encouraged her younger (and now more famous) brother, Karl Parsons, to take up stained glass designing in the studio of Christopher Whall.

Physical description

Sketch on a loose leaf from a sketchbook. Studies of a common thistle

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


ca. 1899 (made)


Parsons, Beatrice, born 1870 - died 1955 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions



Height: 17.4 cm, Width: 25.6 cm

Descriptive line

Sketch on a loose leaf from a sketchbook, Beatrice Parsons, Britain, ca. 1899-1900

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Diana Baskervyle-Glegg `The Painted Garden' The art of Beatrice Parsons, Country Life March 19th, 1987, pp. 68-70.
Peter Cormack, [William Morris Gallery]: Karl Parsons. Catalogue of Exhibition held at the William Morris Gallery 24th October 1987 -12th March 1988, pp. 1, 4.

Subjects depicted

Thistles (plants)




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